Hearing dogs are trained to recognize a wide range of sounds necessary for daily life and alert their hearing-impaired or deaf partners accordingly. Some of these sounds include a fire alarm, doorbell, telephone, alarm clock, dropped keys, honking horn, burglar alarm, smoke detector, oven timer or the deaf person’s name being called. Typically hearing dogs are small to medium-sized dogs such as terrier mixes, poodles, cocker spaniels, Lhasaapsos, shihtzusand Chihuahuas.
Guide dogs are trained to assist the visually impaired or blind. They guide their partners in avoiding obstacles, walking alongside walks or up and down stairs, navigating traffic and using public transportation systems. They remember obstacles within their partner’s environment such as curbs, doorways and low-hanging light fixtures. Guide dogs enable their partners to lead productive lives and prevent their injury by helping them go anywhere the sighted go.
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